We asked Claire a couple questions about her resolution process.
Why did you blog your resolution?
In short, the new and improved me -- the 2010 version -- needed to socialize my resolutions. Traditionally, I would make a little list of the things I wanted to achieve in a notebook that would burn a hole in my pocket. I knew what I had resolved, so did the notebook, but no one else did. It was a battle between me and my conscience. You can predict the usual outcome.
So this year I decided to do something different. Blogging my resolutions has allowed me to offload some of the burden of the notebook and focus my energy of achieving my goals, rather than feeling guilty about a neglected list. It combines all the best pieces of project management: structuring my thoughts through writing them down, assigning goals and actions, socializing the plan, getting feedback from the team. Accountability is an amazing motivator.
Micro has been the perfect tool for this. Making the blog took about 10 minutes. Everyday I search the web and TypePad blogs looking for inspiration and there is a ton. When I find good stuff I use the TypePad bookmarklet in my browser to capture it in an instant. Comment notifications remind me to revisit the blog regularly and review “the List”. I can’t ignore it!
Commentors also offer support and encouragement on my goals. But the best thing is, as I cross post the blog to update my Facebook status my friends have chimed in as well with great thoughts and funny reactions. Suddenly it feels like a group effort.
This is not a new idea, I know there are tons of TypePad bloggers like Susanna's Sketchbook who were doing this long before me!
What are some other ways people can use a blog for a resolution?
This process of writing out plans or tracking progress towards a goal in a social way can be used in so many ways. It seems everyone’s favorite resolution after the holidays is losing weight. Why not put your target weight on a blog, outline how you intend to get there and then update 5 minutes each day on your progress. You might even inspire others while you’re at it. Here's a truly awesome example from the Chic Life.2010 may be the year you have decided to turn things around career wise. Define your goal on your blog, list out the things you have to do to get there -- update your resume and LinkedIn profile, register with a recruitment firm, go to professional networking events-- and track your work. It’s today’s check list.You can be sure the information you share will be useful to other people about to embark on a similar journey.
Have you already broken any resolutions?
Ummmm…. Well, knowing myself only too well, I built in an escape clause to my “No drinking in January” rule. The "No drinking alcohol, except red wine in an emergency"? I totally cashed that in last night. And yes, I have already come clean on my blog.What blogs will you use to help with your resolutions?